Here’s my fantasy dinner party list based on my own values–like fantasy baseball only it’s a win-win. Spend time with the people on your own fantasy list to see how you might learn from their example, their essence and transform. If “you are what you read,” than “you are who you spend company with” whether in your imagination or physical reality!
(Note: There are many more people I would like to meet like Einstein and Mae West, but I had to narrow it down.)
I love her sense of gratitude for life. She found truth in the simple things. She showed me truth is simple, and love is simple. Anne Frank seemed to be such a wise heart. And what a diary! I would love to speak to her.
Dancer Martha Graham
She started dancing at age 40 when most people have settled into routine and complacency. She chose to go into dancing, one of the most difficult professions to work in, and yet she had an artistic vision for herself and followed through. Perhaps 40 is the new 20 in part because of her. There are many other female artists I love, but had to narrow it down. She inspires me.
Hildegard von Bingen
I am curious about this woman because she was ahead of her time, a renaissance woman in an age before the renaissance and before the freedom of women. As a cleric in her day, she was able to pursue education and have a voice as a woman. I want to talk to her about how she accessed wisdom for herbs, medicine, mysticism and more. I want to learn about the 12th century and I want to hear her language at this time.
This truth teller, author, master of energetic healing is going to be a massive hit once the rest of the world finds out about her. With her six books, private sessions, FB page, and youtube channel, she is trying to help humankind move to a higher level of consciousness. She gives and gives and give, not as a martyr but as a fountain of energy. I have never met anyone living who is so unselfish and so strong energetically. Such an inspiration. Read her stuff! www.Jenuinehealing.com
How did he understand the human condition so deeply? How did he know the human heart so well and then tell such a well-crafted story about it? I would love to talk to Shakespeare and ask him how he found time to write so much and act. I would like to find out about the language then and how he spoke to all levels of society.
George Washington and/or Lincoln
I would want to speak to at least one of these presidents to talk to them about the time periods that they lived and led this country: from its inception to the end of its Civil War. They were both great leaders, fair men for different reasons. They had different talents needed for different time periods. I would like to talk to them about their values, lives, decisions and what they think about the country now. How are people different today? If you could only invite one, which one would you invite?
She is the young girl shot by the Taliban and continues to speak out with absolute courage about education for young girls all over the world. When I watch her, I see someone who appears fearless, driven and unselfish. I would love to talk to her and know her courage.
Funny in his observations, truthful beyond political correctness, a teacher by nature through his actions and words, Twain was unafraid of what others thought. He advanced civilization through his humorous, witty writing and talks. I want to hear him speak and tell stories. I want to ask him about his most interesting adventures, what he thinks of politics now compared to his day. I want to know how he captured so many dialogues in his writing.
I want to ask him what he thinks of our educational systems and how best to teach young people.
He lived to be only 33 years old and yet look at the volume and quality of work he created. It has served so many for so long. How did he do what he did? I would like to ask him. I’d like to see how he created this great body of work—where did he go in his imagination, what drove him, etc.
My Husband, Mike
Corny, but dinner would not be as rich without my husband Mike. He’s spiritual, a conversationalist and able to see many sides on an issue. I love being able to say anything or just have quiet. We make deep observations and innate insignificant ones. Also, if there were ever a pregnant pause during the dinner, he could fill it.
Two more who have to come to dinner: My dogs, Casey and Annabelle.
If humans could love as purely as these two dogs, we would have peace on earth. These two dogs love without hesitation. They teach us a better way. I know they will make good dinner guests because they will enjoy whatever I serve, they won’t complain and I’ll always know when they are hungry.
If any food falls on the floor they will pick it up for me.
Think about the company you keep and the person you want to be. Meet these people who you admire in your imagination or contemplations. What can you learn from looking at people you admire? Share with me below.
Therese Ayla Kravetz
Author of the award-winning book,
“Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn beyond Anxiety”